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Florida 'DUI expert' charged with DUI

By Daniel Uria
Defense attorney Tom Hudson, author of "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers" was pulled over and charged with a DUI after being caught speeding in Sarasota, Fla.
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Defense attorney Tom Hudson, author of "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers" was pulled over and charged with a DUI after being caught speeding in Sarasota, Fla. UPI/Shutterstock/Alex Schmidt

SARASOTA, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida lawyer, known for his work with DUI defendants, was arrested on charges of speeding and driving under the influence.

Fifty-nine-year-old Tom Hudson, author of "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers," was pulled over after being caught speeding in Sarasota.

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Police say Hudson was driving 15 miles over the speed limit and "weaving in the lane but not crossing lines." When police administered a drug test, Hudson's alcohol was above the legal limit at .12.

Officers Chuck Flint and Jimmy Adams instantly recognized Hudson and described his speech as slow and soft-spoken.

"All of this is in stark contrast to the defendant's normal behavior and demeanor," Flint said.

Hudson admitted to having a drink at a local bar and was arrested after refusing to participate in field sobriety tests.

Once in police custody, Hudson agreed to breath and blood tests which showed his alcohol level above the legal limit of .08.

Hudson told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the experience of being subjected to these tests, which he had himself challenged in court, made it easier for him to sympathize with his clients.

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"I can tell you this, it's been an eye-opening experience to see what my clients have been going through for the past 15 years," he said.

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